Just the thought of a morning workout can sound like the last thing you want to do. Especially if you’re not an early bird. Do your mornings usually consist of you stumbling around trying to get ready, scrambling to get something made for breakfast with not enough sleep to begin with?
There’s no better time than now to make a change this year and make your morning workout the best part of your day. The good news is that it is possible to become a morning workout person—seriously! And it’s relatively pain-free?. Plus, morning exercise kicks butt—there are some serious perks to starting your day off with a sweat session.
These 4 exercises are quick, simple and just what you’ll need to get the blood flowing and boost your energy levels.
Jumpstart Your Day with This Morning Workout
Perform these 4 exercises in a row, rest for 30 seconds and go through them again. Complete each exercise three times.
Stand tall with your feet together and your hands at your sides. Quickly raise your arms above your head while jumping your feet out to the sides. Immediately reverse the movement to jump back to the standing position. Here’s how to do it.
Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, hips stacked over knees and knees over ankles. Roll the shoulders back and down away from the ears. Extend the arms out straight so they’re parallel with the ground, palms facing down. Initiate the movement by inhaling and unlocking the hips, slightly bringing them back. Keep sending hips backward as the knees begin to bend. While your buttocks starts to stick out, make sure the chest and shoulders stay upright and the back straight. Squat as low as your mobility allows. Engage the core and with bodyweight in the heels, explode back up to standing, driving through heels. Here’s how to do it.
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Place the forearms on the ground with the elbows aligned below the shoulders and arms parallel to the body about shoulder-width distance. If flat palms bother your wrists, try clasping your hands together. Here’s how to do it.
Start in a high plank, hands stacked below your shoulders your body in one straight line. Make sure your neck stays in line with your body. Quickly draw your right knee into your chest, and extend the leg back out as you drive your left knee to your chest. To raise your heart rate, run your knees in as quickly as you can. A couple of form notes:
- Do not let your buttocks go up in the air or your hands start to migrate out in front of your shoulders.
- Make sure you’re not sagging into your shoulders
Add this morning workout to your routine to get your heart-pumping, all-day energy and a boost in your metabolism in just minutes.
Perfect Your Morning Workout with DHT Physical Therapy
Desert Hand Therapy and DHT Physical Therapy wants to promote excellence and convenience – that’s why we offer 9 locations valleywide. Choose the location that works best for you and come in to see us today! We can’t wait to work with you and help you get back to your best life!